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Molly's Sketchbook: Little Boy's Tie 

This little boy's Easter tie is quick but very well made and will brighten any Easter outfit. The tie is sewn almost entirely by hand, so if you don't have a machine its easy to finish without one.

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Molly's Sketchbook: Curved Seam Pillows

These pillows will not only teach you how to sew the dreaded curved seam but will also make a great modern addition to your living room or bedroom.  Enjoy! --Molly

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Molly's Sketchbook: Valentine Pins

When I was a child I always loved Valentine's Day. I relished picking out which paper valentines and candy hearts I would give to each of my classmates and I loved making valentines out of construction paper, paper doilies, and lots of glitter. Best of all, my dad always bought me a heart shaped box of See's Candy!

As I got older, I grew less in love with Valentine's Day. It seemed complicated by expectations and less like a great excuse to pull out my craft supplies. But last year I really enjoyed making and giving a bunch of handmade valentines. I realized that I didn't need to fret about the parts of Valentine's Day I didn't enjoy, and that it could be the perfect occasion to do something creative and fun.  It is in this spirit that I approached this latest project.

The Valentine Pins are very quick and easy to make. I think they are a wonderful project to do with kids for their class valentine exchange. The wool felt they are made with doesn't need to be hemmed and it comes in the the richest most saturated colors. They are so little and cute I just wanted to eat them when saw them all together! 

Happy Valentine's Day! --Molly

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Molly's Sketchbook: Quick Dish Towels

Dish towels make a perfect housewarming or wedding gift, they are so useful and add a pretty accent to any kitchen. Best of all this cute and simple pattern whips up four towels in about two hours!

By the way this beautiful tea cup was made by my friend Diana Fayt, an incredible potter.  --Molly

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Japanese Crafting with Mari: Monk's Bag


When I travel, I am always looking for the perfect travel bag. I like to have a bag that has a shoulder strap long enough to go across my chest, but with a wide strap for comfort. After years of trying to find one, I finally decided to make one! My husband and I took a trip to Japan 2 years ago, and I made a modified monk’s bag with some upholstery weight fabric. It worked like a charm!  Enjoy! --Mari

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